State of the Union: A second helping of Cafe Society, July 21-25

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Danielle Lirette
Kings BBQ is smokin' in northwest Denver.
This week in Cafe Society, critic Gretchen Kurtz plunged into the great barbecue debate after visiting to Kings BBQ. For Chef and Tell, we checked in with Alex Seidel about the status of his new restaurant, Mercantile Dining & Provision, which will be opening around Labor Day in the newly refurbished Union Station that opens tomorrow, with a trainload of new restaurants.

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Rosenberg's Bagel & Deli grand opening tomorrow after a grand soft opening

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Kristin Pazulski
The lines haven't slowed since Rosenberg's soft opening on July 15.
Rosenberg's Bagel & Deli will host its official grand opening tomorrow, July 26, from 6 a.m. (come early for a thank-you gift) to 3 p.m. Owner Josh Pollock had originally planned to celebrate with a local block party, but he's been a little busy lately. In fact, since the soft opening of the new bagel deli less than two weeks ago, Pollock hasn't stopped moving.

See also: Rosenberg's Deli rolls out real New York-style bagels in Five Points

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From Baere to Snooze, a dozen openings: A second helping of Cafe Society, July 14-18

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Danielle Lirette
Bison tartare at Guard and Grace.
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited Troy Guard's "modern steakhouse," Guard and Grace, which didn't quite live up to expectations -- or its hefty price tag. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation talked to Dave Query of the Big Red F about being the first owner of Q's in the Hotel Boulderado, which closed last week. But the big news was all at the newly renovated Union Station, where restaurants continue to open, helping to push the Denver dining scene to what could be a record number of openings this week. The Kitchen Next Door Union Station was among them, making its debut on Monday, complete with the circa 1950 Union Station Restaurant sign that's now fully lit up.

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Rosenberg's Deli rolls out real New York-style bagels in Five Points

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Kristin Pazulski
Rosenberg's bagels are truly New York-style, down to the molecular structure of the water.
Rosenberg's Bagels and Delicatessen, the creation of finance-manager-turned-bagel-man Josh Pollock, got rolling in Five Points this week. The grand opening won't be celebrated until Saturday, July 26, but the place is already drawing a crowd -- and with good reason.

See also: Photos: Molecularly engineered water has New York-style bagels on the rise at Gather

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Trading greens for greenbacks now legal in Denver -- with a "cottage foods" permit

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Emerald O'Brien
As it turns out, your kid's lemonade stand might not be technically legal in the Mile High City. Neither was selling veggies that you grew yourself until Monday night, when Denver City Council passed a zoning amendment allowing the sale of home-grown food -- both raw produce and items prepared from it. This new rule is an extension of the 2012 Colorado "Cottage Foods Bill" that allowed some types of food to be sold from homes without a license, but did not include produce. Now Denver has closed that loophole.

Starting Friday, July 18, Denver residents can apply for a permit to home-sell. This is a one-time, $20 application, and will allow you to sell anything you grew in your yard.

See also: "Cottage food bill" that would allow farmers to sell directly to consumers signed into law

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Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids evacuated after employees sickened; restaurant remains closed

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Employees of Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids in Longmont were forced to evacuate the restaurant just after noon yesterday after experiencing respiratory problems and nausea. According to Longmont Police Department spokesman Jeff Satur, seventeen employees were taken to area hospitals -- eight to Longmont United Hospital and nine with less serious symptoms to the Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette -- for exposure to what was at first thought to be a refrigerant leak.

See also: The secret's out on Le Jardin Secret, a farmers' market coming to Larimer Square


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All aboard for a second helping of Cafe Society, July 7-11

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Danielle Lirette
LowDown Brewery + Kitchen.
This week in Cafe Society, reviewer Gretchen Kurtz visited LowDown Brewery + Kitchen , which offered great beers and surprisingly healthy food to pair with them. President Barack Obama came through town, making stops at Wazee Supper Club and Wynkoop Brewery. We launched a new series called "Yeah, I Ate That," starting with the famous Doggfather from Moontower Tacos. With the sad passing of Thunderbird Lounge, we updated our list of Denver's ten best dive bars. And we counted down the ten best rooftops patios in Denver, because it's July and nothing says summer like enjoying a drink and a view of the city skyline or mountains. Or both...


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Latke Love needs some Denver love to find new location

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Latke Love, a popular potato pancake eatery, closed its doors in Park Hill at the end of May. But, now the owners of that business seem ready to open new doors -- with some help from Denverites.

See also: Q's in the Hotel Boulderado closes, making way for Spruce


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Subscription box service The Feed caters to endurance cyclists and office athletes alike

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The Feed subscription box service brings professional sports nutrition to the door

With roots in Colorado and a mission forged in the professional cycling world, The Feed is a sports nutrition service founded a year ago and upgraded this month, built to deliver fuel for intense exercise and endurance activity to your door every month. Even if you're not getting paid for your next race or running a grueling marathon, The Feed caters to all levels of fit, always-moving Coloradans and is designed to power athletes, weekend warrior or otherwise, through workouts, even those who don't perform like the pros.

See also: Sean Fowler, a Colorado native, feeds the leading Tour de France team

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Lola unveils new logo and menu in changing LoHi

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Ten years isn't a long time, unless you're in the restaurant business, in which case surviving a decade can seem like a monumental achievement. And with the rapid changes in Denver dining tastes and the explosion of hot new restaurant neighborhoods over the past few years, older eateries find themselves hobbling to keep up with the young kids.

You have to grow or stagnate, which is something restaurant ownership group the Big Red F seems to be well aware of. In addition to recently revitalizing the downtown Jax Fish House, Big Red F owner Dave Query and his associates have added a shiny new Jax at City Set in Glendale and spruced up their other establishments in Boulder. Now they've turned their eye toward the queen of the hill, Lola, in trendy LoHi to make sure it's ready for another ten years.

See also: Photos: Lola reveals its new look after a fast facelift

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